HYER MAIN TRES PENSIS ...EARLY ONE DAY ...
Anon. Trouveres (early 13c.)tr. Peter Dean
Hyer main tres pensis arroie mon chemin,
vi desouz un pin
pastorele qui Robin
apeloit de cuer fin.
Tantost vers lui me trais,
síamor li demandai.
Ele respont maintenant, "Biau sire, non ferai,
car jíai ami nouvel et síamors mout me plaist;
níautre ne vueil de lui.
A moi avez vous failli."
Early one day, as I went pensively,
I saw beneath a tree
a shepherdess and she
called for her love most touchingly.
Right speedily I her addressed,
asking if I could be her best.
Answer she gave me thus: "Kind sir, I canít accept,
Iíve a new lover now and his loveís most adept;
with him I want no other.
With me you must not bother!"

Trans. Copyright © Peter Dean 2003


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